Time for accountability is upon us

Johannesburg – Since the dying days of apartheid in the mid-1990s, and at several pivotal moments since, South Africans have yearned for some measure of accountability for the ravages of apartheid.

After all, the end of a system declared a crime against humanity by the UN had to yield an inevitable reckoning and accountability, especially for its victims.

The first opportunity for accountability for apartheid crimes in democratic South Africa came with the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The universal expectation was that those denied amnesty at the commission for apartheid-era atrocities, or those who refused to appear before it, would be held accountable by the criminal justice system. Regrettably this did not materialise.

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